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Andre Villas-Boas confirms interest, but rules out Zenit St. Petersburg move for Falcao

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Well, that was a fun little rumor while it lasted, Andre Villas-Boas getting the band back together at Zenit and rekindling the FC Porto magic that was HULK and Falcao.  The former of course is still banging in the goals — and with HULK, they are quite literally smashed in — but the latter, as we know all too well, is not much more than a shell of a former world class striker.  In a way, it's a bit sad.  In a way, it's a bit frustrating.  And in a way, it looks like we're in it for the full season.

"No, I haven't had a conversation with Jose. The player belongs to Chelsea, on loan from Monaco."

"It's difficult to bring such a player to Russia with the rules and regulations we have. We tried to bring him here in the summer at the start of the season, but then the rules changed a week before the season started."

"We can't bring him here because of the rules and we don't have space. His salary is immense too and the financial rules in place prevent this -- this is the rule chosen by [Russian Sports Minister] Mr Mutko and so this is impossible."

-Andre Villas-Boas; source: ESPN

As we noted earlier, the new rules in the Russian League have put a hard cap on the number of foreign players allowed in a team and they're also mulling over new financial regulations which could result even in the introduction of a salary cap.  There is (or will be) simply no money to spend frivolously on a hopeful long-shot like the kitten formerly known as El Tigre.

Rémy celebrating his return from injury with a key goal has further consigned Falcao to just third choice in the striker pecking order at Stamford Bridge.  Mourinho's grand rehabilitation project is not exactly going well, not that we ever expected otherwise, and it's hardly our biggest concern at the moment.